(CBS/AP) Sarah Jessica Parker has been preparing her Manhattan home all week for President Barack Obama's arrival on Thursday.
The president's big-name tour makes its next stop at Parker's place in the West Village of New York City. The "Sex and the City" star, who is married to fellow actor Matthew Broderick, is hosting a cozy $40,000-per-person fundraiser along with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
According to the New York Post, workers were seen bringing in rugs, stacks of chairs, bouquets of flowers and a piano for the reception, held at the Parker and Broderick's West Village town house.
Needing to boost his donor base and campaign cash, Mr. Obama is banking on elite entertainers for help so often they have essentially become a cast of characters in his campaign. He is using his Hollywood access and raffling it off as a prize to others, tapping into a nation that revels in celebrity even in hard economic times.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama will then head to a second glitzy fundraiser in Manhattan, headlined by a performance by Mariah Carey.
From Tinseltown to Broadway, Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with blockbuster names lately: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher and many others who make more in one year that most people do in a lifetime.
Mr. Obama played basketball with a Batman (Clooney) and a Spiderman (Tobey Maguire), all in one game. He held a private chat in Los Angeles with some of town's young stars last week, from Jessica Alba to Jeremy Renner. He has had some of the most popular musicians in the business perform at his fundraisers, such as Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Dave Matthews and the Foo Fighters. For his gig with Obama, Jon Bon Jovi even caught a ride on Air Force One.